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200: E3 Knows What It Did
Jun 16
Kole, Ben, Jala, and David talk about their favorite E3 2017 announcements. The Brief: A whole slew of stories from E3 2017. The Grind: Kole: Mario Kart 8: Deluxe. Resident Evil 6. Jala: Mario Kart 8: Deluxe. Resident Evil 6. Transformers War for…
199: Numb to Truck
Jun 9
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about some pre-E3 announcements, Friday the 13th, and we ask you which games you stopped right at the end. The Brief: Monument Valley 2 gets a surprise release. Peter Jackson is working on an AR game. Pokemon Silver and…
198: The Cabeza Kabong
May 26
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Far Cry 5 announcement, Hollow Knight, and we ask you if you buy Early Access games. The Brief: Red Dead Redemption 2 delayed. Far Cry 5 takes place in Montana. Lone Echo has a cool looking VR mode. Porn star…
197: The Buscemi Connection
May 18
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about putting your Sonic OCs (do not steal) into games, a smattering of old games, and we ask you what game you spent the most time customizing. The Brief: Sonic Forces will let you make your OC. Toys ‘R’ Us will get…
196: Magic: The Johnson
May 12
Kole, Ben, David, and Jala talk about the Deadly Premonition card game, Foul Play, and we ask what game you spent the most money on. The Brief: Deadly Premonition card game gets a Kickstarter. Bioware’s new IP is delayed to 2018. Assassin’s Creed: Origins…
195: Reunited With Extreme Prejudice
May 5
Kole, Ben, David, and Jala talk about Minecraft Education Edition, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and we ask you which object from a game you would most like to have in real life. The Brief: Minecraft Education Edition teaches programming. Tribeca Film Festival…
194: Depresscient
Apr 28
Kole, Ben, and David talk about the Night Trap re-release, Puyo Puyo Tetris, and we ask you about something really goofy. The Brief: Night Trap is getting a re-release this year. Jackbox Party Pack 4 will include Fibbage 3. Red Dead Redemption fan remake…
193: Ben Lives in the Present
Apr 21
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about driverless cars learning from Grand Theft Auto V, Drawn to Death, and we do a Freeplay Multiplayer. The Brief: People are dipshits about game design. Driverless cars are learning from Grand Theft Auto V. Ultimate…
192: Please Don’t Yell at Me
Apr 14
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Bayonetta PC re-release, Stephen’s Sausage Roll, and we ask you about your favorite side content in games. The Brief: Ransomware forces you to play a bullet hell game. Bayonetta is being re-released on PC.…
191: Peon Masters
Apr 7
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Atlus’ oppressive streaming rules, and we ask you about game themes and mechanics. The Brief: All of the Jak and Daxter games are coming to PS4. Someone beat Dark Souls III…
190: All Tentacled Up
Mar 31
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about all kinds of game remake news, Blaster Master Zero, and we ask you which game worlds you would be stuck in. The Brief: Fans are remaking Red Dead Redemption in the Grand Theft Auto V engine. Starcraft Remastered is…
189: Noted Serial Killer and Dab Expert
Mar 24
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about Little Big Planet 3, the Mass Effect: Andromeda animation controversy, and we ask you about your favorite women in games. The Brief: Fire Emblem Echoes is getting a cool special edition. Seiken Densetsu collection is…
188: Ollie Don’t Digital
Mar 17
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about Torment: Tides of Numenera, Nintendo Switch sales figures, and we ask you whether you prefer physical or digital games. The Brief: Games will be more expensive on Switch. Nintendo has sold over 1.5 million Switches.…
187: Debra, the Eye is Coming
Mar 7
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Horizon: Zero Dawn, Destiny 2 import woes, and we ask you about your best social game memories. The Brief: WikiLeaks reveals CIA device snooping. Parappa the Rapper is getting an HD remake on PS4. Destiny 2…
186: Bring a Dingus
Mar 3
Kole, Ben, Jala, and David talk about Berserk and the Band of the Hawk, Microsoft Game Pass, and we ask you what game you would make in a hypothetical DuckJam. The Brief: Microsoft Game Pass is Netflix for games. Middle-earth: Shadow of War announced.…
185: Apropos of Basically Nothing
Feb 24
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about The Inner World, Eric Wolpaw leaving valve, and we ask you which game showed you something new about the world. The Brief: Eric Wolpaw leaves valve. Army vet says games help with PTSD. SwordQuest comics are coming…
184: The Visual Equivalent of Polka Music
Feb 10
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about Invisible Inc., Discord’s community problems, and we ask you which games would make for good Bonus Level episodes. The Brief: Portal is on Microsoft Holo-Lens. Fire Emblem Heroes is going to get story DLC. People do…
183: Kaiju Cop
Feb 3
Kole, Ben, Jala, and David talk about Resident Evil 7, some PAX South experiences, and we ask you about your favorite video game demos. The Brief: Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age releases July 11. Resident Evil 7 speed runs are down to 94 minutes.…
182: Shared Seed
Jan 27
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about Pokémon Duel, the new Dark Souls 3 DLC announcement, and we ask you about your dream games. The Brief: Dark Souls 3 “The Ringed City” coming March 28. Resident Evil 7 is getting a lot of DLC, very quickly. VR movie…
181: Why Not Lyle?
Jan 20
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about the Nintendo Switch announcements, DOOM, and we do a Free Play Multiplayer. The Brief: Nintendo Switch announcement details. GameStop is in big trouble. Gabe Newell does an AMA. Titanfall 2 is getting a big update.…
180: Tar Pit Polo
Jan 13
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about Vermintide, the Scalebound cancelation, and we ask you for your 2017 video game predictions. The Brief Cuba is developing its own indie game. Scalebound is canceled without fanfare. The most toxic League of Legends…
179: The Air Bud Card
Jan 6
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Forced Showdown, Fallout 4 hacking the election, and we ask you about holiday events in games. The Brief: Fallout 4 footage used to describe Russian hacking. Iran bans Clash of Clans. Carrie Fisher did VO work for…
178: Free Play Cleanup 2016
Dec 30, 2016
Kole, Ben, Jala, and David answer some lingering Free Play multiplayer questions to close out 2016.
177: Finite Infinite
Dec 23, 2016
Kole, Ben, Jala, and David talk about the Title of the Year 2016 results, Super Mario Run, and we ask you what games you would use to introduce novices to games. The Brief: Arkham Origins team is making a new Batman Game. Steam Awards are all wonky. Title…
176: Gambler’s Fallacy Fallacy
Dec 16, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about Let It Die, the Hitman Christmas Special, and we ask you about the most useful game advice you’ve gotten. The Brief: Hitman goes after Marv and Harry. Oculus has split between mobile and PC. Telltale Batman…
175: Get Your Face in That Soup
Dec 9, 2016
Kole, Jala, David, and Allison talk about Dishonored 2, the Sunless Sky announcement, and we ask you about your holiday game-playing traditions. The Brief: Capcom Cup results. NES Classic Edition sells out at Urban Outfitters, improbably. Failbetter games…
174: Bad Things Happen to Horses
Dec 2, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Pokémon Moon, the No Man’s Sky patch, and we ask you about your favorite way to get around in games. The Brief: No Man’s Sky gets a huge update. Final Fantasy XV has an absurdly long boss fight. Stardew Valley is…
173: Piss, Vinegar, and Tears
Nov 18, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Bethesda Zen Pinball announcement, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and we ask you how you get over difficulty walls. The Brief: Zen Pinball might be doing Bethesda tables. Super Mario Run gets a release date and a…
172: Haunted Strip Club
Nov 11, 2016
Kole, Ben, Jala, and David talk about Jackbox Party Pack 3, the BlizzCon announcements, and we look for any alternative. The Brief: Blizzard reveals Sombra, a new Overwatch character. Blizzard is also opening up Starcraft 2 AI development. The…
171: Appetizer Alamo
Nov 4, 2016
Kole, Dennis, and Jala talk about Uwe Boll quitting movies, World of Final Fantasy, and host a Free Play Multiplayer. The Brief Followup about the voice actor strike. Uwe Boll calls it quits. 999 is coming to modern systems. The Multiplayer Free Play! The…
170: Half Cheeking It
Oct 21, 2016
Kole, Dennis, and Jala talk about the Red Dead Redemption 2 announcement, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, and we ask you about your favorite stat-keeping in games. The Brief: Red Dead Redemption 2 announced. CBS is making a Candy Crush Saga game…
169: Professional Fun Haver
Oct 14, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about Swing Vote Go, Layers of Fear, and we ask you what games you bounced off of… before you loved them completely. The Brief: Swing Vote Go is a game about democracy. Bloxels. Amy Hennig interview. Oculus Rift Condoms.…
168: Sneaky Sneaky Guy
Oct 7, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about Twitch Prime, Divinity: Original Sin, and we ask you if any game has properly captured your occupation. The Brief: Neil DeGrasse Tyson is making a game. Titanfall 2 console controversy. Twitch Prime is a thing now.…
167: Insta-Gator
Sep 23, 2016
Kole, Ben, and Jala talk about Mad Max, the game judgin’ algorithm, and we ask you why you play games. The Brief: Algorithm might detect whether or not a game is good. Followup on Steam reviews. Valve delists game after developer subpoenas for player…
166: I Feel Nothing
Sep 16, 2016
Kole, Ben, and Jala talk about Justin Roiland's new VR game, Rocket League Rumble, and we ask you about your favorite video game pack-ins. THE BRIEF: Steam changes review policy to stop key exchange reviews. Pokemon Generations is a new series of YouTube…
165: Super Mario Entrapment
Sep 9, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Obduction, the Nintendo 3DS announcements, and then we ask you about your multiplayer blunders. THE BRIEF: Dolphin Emulator can now boot all GameCube games. Arkham Revisited gets a remaster. Valkyria Chronicles…
164: Corvax is Corvax for Corvax
Sep 2, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about Deus Ex Go, No Man's Sky Returns, and we ask you about your gaming white whales. THE BRIEF: No Man's Sky return debacle. Heroes of the Storm gets free characters. Nintendo characters are turning into cars. Resident…
163: Beefy Mess
Aug 26, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about Twitch’s acquisition of Curse, Apartment, and we ask you which series you arrived at late. The Brief: Twitch acquires game community site Curse. INSIDE is out on PS4 now. The Witness is coming to the Xbox One. PS4…
162: The Problem Must Be You
Aug 19, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about No Man's Sky, the new Call of Duty zombie mode, and we ask you what makes you choose PC or console. THE BRIEF: Close Your tracks your eyes. Blizzard changes verbiage on Overwatch Loot Boxes. Final Fantasy 15 delayed…
161: My Hips Are My Bond
Aug 12, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about Humble's streaming partner deal, Duskers, and we ask you how you name things in multiplayer games. THE BRIEF: Upsilon Circuit Update. Harold Halibut is a stop motion adventure game. Suda 51's The Silver Case gets an…
160: PwPwPvPwPwP
Aug 5, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about Telltale's Batman launch woes, Guacamelee, and we ask you about your favorite kinds of multiplayer. THE BRIEF: Overwatch gets Rio Summer Olympic skins. Oculus removes restrictions on games. Gamescom heightens…
159: Table Flippin’
Jul 29, 2016
Kole, Ben, and Jala talk about the tiny little NES, INSIDE, and we ask you what's most important in games: Gameplay, Narrative, or Atmosphere. INSIDE spoiler chat begins at 1 hour, 30 minutes, and proceeds to the end of the episode. THE BRIEF: GameStop's…
158: This is Zubat Country
Jul 15, 2016
Kole, Ben, Jala, and David talk about Pokemon Go, Pokemon Go, Rhythm Heaven Megamix, and we ask you about Pokemon Go. THE BRIEF: Quadrilateral Cowboy gets a release date, July 25. Telltale's Batman details emerge. Twitch Plays Pokemon Go. MULTIPLAYER:…
157: Facepalm Trees
Jul 8, 2016
Kole, Dennis, Jala and David talk about the CS:GO gambling fiasco, Zero Time Dilemma, and we ask you about patriotic games. THE BRIEF: New Leviathan game is out. Summer Games Done Quick. Atlas Reactor leaves beta. CS:GO Gambling scams. MULTIPLAYER: What…
156: The Ol’ Crazy Hole
Jul 1, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about how Call of Duty got dragons, Doom 2016, and we do a Free Play Multiplayer. THE BRIEF: PSN Jihad naming controversy. Call of Duty gets dragons. Brexit tops name rankings for Plague, Inc. MULTIPLAYER: Free Play. THE…
155: Those Chickens Burn Back
Jun 24, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about new Zelda: Breath of the Wild details, more Overwatch, and we ask you which video game characters you'd like to have dinner with. THE BRIEF: Overwatch removes "Avoid This Player" option. More Zelda Details emerge.…
154: Dolphin Puncher XD
Jun 17, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the E3 announcements and X-COM 2. THE BRIEF: Exhaustive E3 roundup. MULTIPLAYER: We rolled these into the brief. THE GRIND: Dennis: Overwatch. X-COM 2. Kole: Echo Night: Beyond. Steins;Gate. David: Dark Souls 3.…
153: You Should Feel Bad
Jun 10, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Final Fantasy XII: Zodiac Age announcement, Dangerous Golf, and we ask you for your E3 headline predictions. THE BRIEF: Rocket League gets hats. WATCH_DOGS 2 leaked. Alison Road canceled. It's been 10 years…
152: The Yadda Yadda Button
Jun 3, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about neural net game images, Steins;Gate, and ask you about empowering moments in games. THE BRIEF: Let's apply neural networks to video game images. Sony's doing their E3 Humble Narrative Bundle. Chinese gamers riot…
151: Baby Vape
May 27, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Uncharted 4, Rocket League's push for cross-compatible multiplayer, and we ask you your opinions on game guides and hints. THE BRIEF Rocket League gets cross-play on Xbox One. Valkyria Chronicles gets disappointing…
150: Pigeon Drop
May 13, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Battlefield 1 announcement, Overwatch, and we ask you about character customization. THE BRIEF: Battlefield 1 announced. This War of Mine gets a board game. Job Simulator adds "Smaller Human" Mode. Donkey Kong…
149: Roomblets
May 6, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare announcement, Hitman, and we ask you about video game school assignments. THE BRIEF: Dishonored 2 has a release date. John Romero cancels his Kickstarter. Call of Duty: Infinite…
148: A Sinner’s Buffet of Monsters to Slay
Apr 29, 2016
Kole, Ben, and David talk about Vampyr, Nioh, and we ask you about your first online multiplayer experiences. THE BRIEF: Dontnod announces Vampyr. Fox News show says a thing about The Division. John Romero's Kickstarter, Black Room, looks like a farce.…
147: Deported to Flavor Country
Apr 22, 2016
Kole, Ben, Jala, and Dennis talk about the Dark Souls board game, Damned, and we ask you about your favorite glitches and exploits. THE BRIEF: GameStop to become a publisher. Ubisoft might punish The Division exploiters. Dark Souls board game details…
146: Bland White People Names
Apr 15, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about VR delays, a brief bit about Dark Souls 3, and we ask you about the games you anticipated most in the past. THE BRIEF: Rift delays are epidemic. Humble Telltale Bundle looks like a great deal. Dark Souls board game…
145: Fiber Wire Bribe
Apr 8, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Faeria, the Baldur's Gate attacks, and we ask you which free-to-play games you give money to. THE BRIEF: Leaked concept art reveals Norse God of War. Baldur's Gate gets an expansion, transphobic shitheads cry out.…
144: Articulate Stupidity
Apr 1, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Fallout 4 survival mode, Factorio, and we answer some community questions. THE BRIEF: Watch paint dry add to, removed from Steam. Fallout 4 Survival Mode goes into beta. Actress resume implies Shadow of Mordor…
143: Pop Linguistics
Mar 25, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Walking Dead Season 3 announcement, Salt and Sanctuary, and we ask you about your favorite zone out games. THE BRIEF: The Walking Dead Season 3 is coming out in 2016. 2015 Board Gaming Geek Award winners…
142: Snake Lipton
Mar 18, 2016
Kole, Ben, David, and Jala talk about the PlayStation VR pricing, The Division, and do a Free-Play Multiplayer. THE BRIEF: PlayStation VR gets a price. Genital Jousting. Microsoft makes it possible to do multiplayer with other platforms. THE MULTIPLAYER:…
141: A Lot of Bucket Play
Mar 11, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about the new Hearthstone announcements, a whole bunch of older games, and we ask you if you've ever broken your video game hardware. THE BRIEF: Hearthstone announcements: Deck Recipes. Thief might become a movie.…
140: Kole Shoulder
Mar 4, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about SUPERHOT, Infiniscene, and we ask you if you've ever taken a break from gaming. The Brief: Infiniscene is cloud-based streaming. Uncharted 4 is getting a network stress test beta. Pokemon Sun and Gold announced.…
139: Needs More Wolf Junk
Feb 19, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about the PlayStation VR release leak, Firewatch, and we ask you about your favorite romances in games. The Brief: To Ash is now available for purchase. Dark Souls III is getting two DLC packs. PlayStation VR rumored to…
138: Timestorm
Feb 12, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Amazon's new game engine, Darkest Dungeon, and we ask you what speed runs you like to watch. THE BRIEF: Rocket League is coming to Xbox One in February. Amazon releases Lumberyard, their own game engine. Breath of…
137: Chrono Trigger Warning
Feb 5, 2016
Kole, Ben, and Jala talk about PAX South 2016, The Witness, and we ask you which games you regret trading in. THE BRIEF: PAXCHAT: PAX South 2016. MULTIPLAYER: What games or systems do you regret trading in? THE GRIND: Jala: Sniper Elite 3. Soul Gambler.…
136: Bring Me the Pump Action, Jeeves
Jan 29, 2016
Kole, Ben, David, and Dennis talk about the possibility of Her Story 2, The Magic Circle, and we interview Eduardo Ramirez, the lead developer of Fenix Furia. THE BRIEF: Sony is holding "Everyday Heroes" contest in Life is Strange. Michael Jackson was…
135: Ice Fractals
Jan 22, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about pre-release details for The Witness, Until Dawn, and we do a Free Play Multiplayer. THE BRIEF The Witness is rated for Xbox One, but not coming to it. The Witness priced at $40. Iron Maiden game coming this summer?…
134: Suck It, Horses
Jan 15, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Wolfenstein: New Order, Amazon Video Games, and we ask you about your favorite dream sequences in games. THE GRIND Psychonauts is coming to PS4, and PlayStation VR. Payday 2 gets Goat Simulator DLC. Amazon Video…
133: Shenmue Three’s Company
Jan 8, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Activision buying MLG, Undertale, and we ask you about your gaming New Year resolutions. THE BRIEF: The Force Awakens pinball. Activision buys MLG. Rise of the Tomb Raider coming out on PC. Final Fantasy IX is…
132: Saving it for the Memoirs
Jan 1, 2016
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about the Game Award weirdness, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, and we ask you about your favorite twists in games. PS4 Multiplayer is free this weekend. Game Award weirdness. Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star coming soon.…
131: Not For Long, Then Forever
Dec 18, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about the Game Award weirdness, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, and we ask you about your favorite twists in games. PS4 Multiplayer is free this weekend. Game Award weirdness. Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star coming soon.…
130: Quarter to Third Mons
Dec 11, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about the Game Award weirdness, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, and we ask you about your favorite twists in games. PS4 Multiplayer is free this weekend. Game Award weirdness. Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star coming soon.…
129: 2 Ash 2 Furious
Dec 4, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Fallout 4, the Game Award nominees, and we ask you about your favorite open world finds. The Brief: Heroes of the Storm gets a weird new character. Game Award nominees announced. Rise of the Tomb Raider has a Twitch…
128: Mean Facebook
Nov 20, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Fallout 4, the Game Award nominees, and we ask you about your favorite open world finds. The Brief: Heroes of the Storm gets a weird new character. Game Award nominees announced. Rise of the Tomb Raider has a Twitch…
Bonus Level 15: Leviathan: Last Day of the Decade
Nov 13, 2015
Jala Prendes and John Fitch are joined by Mark R. Rhainer and Nikita Pigasov of Lostwood Games to discuss their game, "Leviathan: The Last Day of the Decade." LINKS OF NOTE: [Lostwood Games](thelostwood.com/) [Indiegogo Campaign](igg.me/at/ldod/x)…
127: Never Trust a Nephew
Nov 7, 2015
Kole, Dennis, and David talk about Activision's King acquisition, La Mulana EX, and we ask you about the origin of your screen name. The Brief: Atlas Reactor is a game that's coming out. Black Ops 3 will get PC mod and map tool support 2016. Activision…
126: In Space No One Can Hear You Jam
Oct 30, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Sony announcements from Paris Games Week, Guitar Hero Live, and we ask you about your gaming waterloos. The Brief: Gravity Rush 2 announced. Detroit announced. DMCA overturned in cases of preserving online…
125: What’s a Tuzzle?
Oct 23, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, the Cainsville Files, and we ask you about your favorite and least-favorite puzzles in non-puzzle games. The Brief: Kole's PRGE Story. Is a new Valkyria Chronicles game on the way?…
124: Goat Balloon Filter
Oct 17, 2015
Kole, Ben, and Dennis talk about the future of Square Enix localizations, SOMA, and we ask you what games you play when you're traveling. The Brief: Spelunky score record set. Firewatch gets a launch date, February 9. Square Enix might crowd fund…
123: Kill All Animals and Take Their Everything
Oct 9, 2015
Kole, Ben, David, and Jala talk about The Beginner's Guide, the Humble Monthly plan, and we ask you what you listen to when you play games. The Brief: Humble Monthly. A good deal? Far Cry Primal revealed. Upsilon Circuit. Arizona Sunshine. Multiplayer:…
122: Forbidden Corn
Oct 2, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Mega Man Legends PSN release, DeadCore, and we ask you about awkward video game moments. The Brief: Mega Man Legends hits the PSN. "The Beginner's Guide" is the followup to The Stanley Parable Weird Call of Duty…
121: Ghost Hacks
Sep 18, 2015
Kole, Ben, David, and Jala talk about some TGS announcements, Super Mario Maker, and we ask you about the darkest choices you’ve made in games.
120: M’laysia
Sep 11, 2015
Kole, Ben, David, and Jala talk about the Ubisoft theme park, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and we do a Free Play Multiplayer. The Brief: Games about mental illness. Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth releasing October 30,2015. Fallout 4 will have…
119: An Act of Love
Sep 4, 2015
Kole, Dennis, David, and Jala talk about Nintendo mending fences with Amazon, Pac Man 256, and we ask you which series have kept it fresh. The Brief: Buried Atari games sell for tons of money. Ace Attorney 6 confirmed for the west. Nintendo and Amazon's…
118: Voice Ink
Aug 28, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about I Am Bread, YouTube Gaming, and we ask you about your favorite unjustly maligned games. THE BRIEF: YouTube Gaming launches August 26. Twelve Minutes. Metal Gear Solid V release trailer. Final Fantasy VII comes out…
117: Old Man Orgasms
Aug 21, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Fig, Heroes of the Storm, and we ask you which games give you the Tetris Effect. THE BRIEF: Twitch plays Dark Souls. Trump is not Batman. Batmobile DLC. Hearthstone Two Player Co-Op? Fig is Kickstarter with equity.…
116: Big Q-Tip Joust
Aug 14, 2015
Kole, Dennis, and David talk about the Steamboy, N++, and we ask you if you've tried any food inspired by games. The Brief: Man beats Ornstein and Smough with his voice. The Steamboy is coming, and looks like butt. Destiny replaces Dinklage. Multiplayer:…
115: Dignity Sauce
Aug 7, 2015
Kole, Dennis, David, and Jala talk about voting for PS+ games, Abyss Odyssey, and we ask you about your favorite game quotes. The Brief: E-Sports coaching paychecks are on the rise. PS Plus subscribers will get to vote on what PS4 games go free. Final…
114: Solitaire Confinement
Jul 31, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about the Razer/OUYA debacle, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, and we ask you if you’ve played around with level editors. THE BRIEF: That Dragon Cancer is in the news. Australian olds love games. Competitive gamers to be…
113: Five Nights at Freddy Got Fingered
Jul 24, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Minecraft movie, Monaco, and we ask you what characters you'd like to see in Smash Brothers. The Brief: Star Wars: KOTOR 2 gets update. Shenmue 3 Kickstarter closes. Mac is directing a Minecraft movie.…
112: Chell Shading
Jul 17, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Yager being kicked off of Dead Island 2, Running With Rifles, and we ask you about your favorite video game music. THE BRIEF: Yager kicked off of Dead Island 2. Metal Gear Solid going away, according to voice actor?…
111: Walkin’ the Space Donut
Jul 10, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Zero Escape 3 announcement, Her Story, and we ask you what you think is in store for the future of games. The Brief: The Walking Dead Live. Zero Escape 3 announced. Fallout Shelter for Android gets a release…
110: Ol’ Kanary Kole
Jul 3, 2015
Kole, Ben, David, and Jala talk about Batman: Arkham Knight, and we do a free-play multiplayer. The Brief: Fallout 4 character added to Fallout Shelter. Batman: Arkham Knight PC port debacle. Saudi prince develops mobile game with female protagonists.…
109: Krusty Said “Check’s in the Mail”
Jun 26, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about Dark Dreams Don't Die, E3 highlights, and we ask you where consoles fit into your lives. The Brief E3 Roundup. Multiplayer Where do consoles fit into your life? The Grind Jala: Destiny Ninja. Nine Hours, Nine…
108: Brain Armor
Jun 12, 2015
Kole, Ben, and Jala talk about some pre-E3 rumors, a smattering of games, and we ask you about your favorite fan art. The Brief: World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees. Amazon is assembling The Last Guardian rumored to be shown Dark Souls 3 has a rumored…
107: Sugar Bone
Jun 5, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Steam returns, Danganronpa, and we ask you to choose between XCOM 2, Dark Souls 2, and Fallout 4. The Brief: Rise of the Tomb Raider trailer. Steam Returns. Hearthstone videos. GameStop buys ThinkGeek. Multiplayer:…
106: The Angriest Apiarist
May 29, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Humble Nintendo Bundle, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and we ask you about your depression game. The Brief: Resident Evil 0 is getting a remaster. Humble Nindie Bundle. 2K reveals trailer for Advent. Nintendo hires…
105: GALAG
May 22, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about D4's PC release announcement, Dark Echo, and we ask you which games you kept playing, even though they stopped being fun. The Brief: Civilization Beyond Earth: Rising Tide is coming this fall. D4 is coming to PC.…
104: Red Dead Businessman
May 15, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Bloodstained Kickstarter, Killzone: Mercenary, and we do a Free Play multiplayer. The Brief: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Kickstarter. Max Max: Fury Road. Lego Dimensions adds some cool stuff, like Portal.…
103: Fracas is the Ceiling
May 8, 2015
Kole, Ben, and David talk about GOG Galaxy, Resident Evil Revelations 2, and we ask you about your favorite video game interfaces. The Brief: GOG Galaxy. Dragon Age free DLC, Titanfall coming after 2016, Mirrors Edge 2 coming in 2016. eSports and Colin…
102: Jack the Dripper
May 1, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the cancellation of Silent Hills, the paid mods on Steam debacle, and we ask you about the funniest trolls. The Brief: VR Noses. Silent Hills canceled. Just Cause 3 gameplay trailer. Skyrim mods shouted down.…
101: Putting Him on Breeze
Apr 17, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Guitar Hero Live, Spirits of Spring, and we ask you which game characters are cutest/creepiest. The Brief: Guitar Hero Live. Hearthstone comes to iPhone and Android. Grand Theft Auto biopic details emerge.…
100: The Night is Infinite
Apr 10, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, David, and Jala celebrate the one hundredth episode of The Level by talking about games as medicine, Titan Souls, and we ask you which games have had the biggest effect on your life. THE BRIEF: Minecraft Pac Man. Five Nights at Freddy's…
99: Tipless Daddy
Apr 3, 2015
Kole, Ben, David, and Jala talk about Bloodborne, Google Maps Pac Man, and we ask you where you stand on collector's editions. The Brief Google Maps Pac Man. National Game Museum in England. Nintendo delays Zelda to 2016. Batman: Arkham Knight special…
98: A Last Syllable Decision
Mar 20, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Nintendo's bizarre mobile announcement, Saint's Row 4: Gat out of Hell, and we ask you about stealth in games. The Brief: Nintendo is breaking into mobile. New Nintendo console codenamed "The NX" announced. New…
97: The Mad Scientists Must Be Crazy
Mar 13, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about Hotline Miami 2, the changes they made to the DmC Remastered edition, and we ask you which games need to be played all the way to the end. The Brief: Texas incentivizes game development. This War of Mine charity DLC.…
96: Swoopcast Engage
Mar 6, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Valve's GDC announcements, a whole bevy of older games, and we ask you which lost or ignored gaming gems you wish would come back. The Brief Steam Link and Steam Controller dated, priced. Vive Headset details…
95: The Silent Sir
Feb 27, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Valve's GDC rumors, Kick and Fennick, and we ask you what's the deal with sports games? The Brief: A new Guitar Hero might be on the way. Kanye is making a game. Valve is doing VR? Multiplayer: What's the deal with…
94: Molyneux What Molydo
Feb 20, 2015
Kole, Ben, and David talk about the Peter Molyneux interview, Sunless Sea, and we hold a Free Play Multiplayer. Kole, Ben, and David talk about the Peter Molyneux interview, Sunless Sea, and we hold a Free Play Multiplayer. The Brief The Order: 1886 is…
93: Playing Chicken With Dental Torture
Feb 13, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about that crazy Asteroids movie, Delver, and we ask you about your gaming screwups. The Brief: Asteroids: Outpost. Battlefield: Hardline reload animations. Bethesda is appearing at E3 this year. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. might come…
92: The Summer of Ben
Feb 6, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about PAX South stories, Attack of the Friday Monsters, and we ask you about your favorite game titles. The Brief: Dennis is doing XCOM Let's Plays now. PAX South stories. Just Cause 3 screenshots leaked. Spooky Selfie.…
91: Throw Your House at a Rock
Jan 30, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the rumored Joystiq closure, Brawlhalla, and we ask you if you're ready for V.R. (virtual reality, or VR). The Brief: Joystiq rumored to shut down. World of Warcraft selfies. Namco’s loading screen game patent. The…
90: Revised Code 4’ 33”
Jan 23, 2015
Kole, Ben, David, and Jala talk about the recent Rock Band happenings, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and we ask you what your standard RPG character is. The Brief “Her Story” announced from Silent Hill Shattered Memories developer. iPhone with joystick.…
89: Koyaanisqatsi Shrugged
Jan 9, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Minecraft: Story Mode, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and we ask you about your favorite educational games. The Brief: Monument Valley has been pirated a shit-ton. Minecraft: Story Mode announced.…
88: Critical Path Johnny
Jan 2, 2015
Kole, Ben, Dennis, David, and Jen talk about Super Smash Bro(ther)s., Far Cry 4, and the PSN outage. The Brief Sony hacked again, possibly. List of the most pirated shows and movies. The Grind Ben: Super Smash Bros. (Wii U). Dragon Age: Inquisition. Jen:…
87: A Treatise on Polishing Quarterstaves
Dec 19, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about 80 Days, the title of the year, and your of the years of the year. Multiplayer Your __ of the Year. The Grind: Ben: Dragon Age: Inquisition. Kole: Dragon Age: Inquisition. David: Destiny. Dennis: 80 Days.
86: It Really Tied the Relationship Together
Dec 12, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Video Game Awards, more Crossy Road, and we ask you which in-game objects you'd most want to own in real life. The Brief: Ben went to the Game Awards. Uncharted 4 screenshots and junk revealed. Street Fighter 5…
85: Nobody Puts Baby in the Fridge
Dec 5, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Dragon Age: Inquisition, P.T., and we ask you about your gaming blind spots. The Brief: Next Assassin’s Creed taking place in Victorian London? Resident Evil: Revelations 2 gets a release date. New Hearthstone cards…
84: Shanktified
Nov 21, 2014
Kole Ross, Ben Merkel, and David Moneysmith talk about Thimbleweed Park, Shadow of Mordor, and we ask you if you've Kickstarted any games. The Brief: Thimbleweed Park. Little Big Fantasy VII. Batman Arkham City Calendar Man easter egg. Multiplayer: Have…
83: Senpai, Restrict My Beams
Nov 14, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about Hand of Fate, Majora's Mask 3D, and the most empowering moments in games. The Brief: Majora’s Mask 3D coming this spring. Just Cause 3 coming in 2015. Melissa Etheridge releases an iOS game. Assassin’s Creed Unity is…
82: Second Person Shooter
Nov 7, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Murasaki Baby, Grand Theft Auto V's first-person mode, and we read your gaming binge confessions. The Brief Grand Theft Auto 5 gets first person mode. Dragon Age Inquisition gets EA early access. E.T. cartridges…
81: Strategic Fandango Reserves
Oct 31, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about LucasArts games coming to GoG, Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, and we ask you about your favorite scary moments in games. The Brief: Wal*Mart starts selling used games. Wal*Mart gets Call of Duty: Future Warfare a day…
80: Threestyle
Oct 22, 2014
Kole, Ben, and David talk about the Paranautical Activity controversy, The Silent Age Episode 2, and we ask you about Bundle games. The Brief: Paranautical Activity delisted from Steam over death threat. Fighting game backgrounds. Super Smash Bros…
79: Sonic Sonnets
Oct 17, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about some GamerGate updates, Gauntlet, and we do a Free-Play Multiplayer. The Brief Resident Evil TV series. PlayStation TV launches. RuneScape card game released. GamerGate Update: Briana Wu threatened, USU gets…
78: Thermonuclear Clippy
Oct 10, 2014
Kole, Ben, David, and Jala talk about the Myst TV show, Destiny, and we ask you about clans and guilds. The Brief: Battlefield: Hardline will work at launch. A Myst TV show will be made. Goal prediction technology. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will have…
77: Molenukes Clish and Richard Fartlick
Oct 3, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the new Steam experience, Neverending Nightmares, and we ask you which game's looks blew you away. The Brief The Big Lebowski pinball game. Tetris: The Movie. The New Steam Experience. Multiplayer Gorgeous games.…
76: Jambormee
Sep 19, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Mojang acquisition, Hearthstone, and we ask what’s up with Twitch. The Brief: Beyond Eyes gets a publisher. Microsoft buys Mojang. WATCH_DOGS DLC comes out, is underwhelming. Multiplayer: What up with Twitch?…
75: Fiddly Bits
Sep 12, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Jala talk about the new 3DS, Five Nights at Freddy's, and we ask you about genre-bending games. The Brief: Kerbal Space Race. New 3DS’s. Wolf: The Red Hood Diaries funded. Batman: Arkham Knight delayed to June 5. Multiplayer: Games…
74: Resident Gear
Sep 5, 2014
Kole, Ben, David, and Jala talk about the recent unpleasantness, Shadowgate, and video game cover art. The Brief: NCSoft in talks to open up City of Heroes. Details about the Borderlands: Pre-Sequel come to light. Roll20.net is a thing. Mighty No. 9 goes…
73: Volcano for Military Purposes
Aug 29, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Metrico, Amazon's Twitch acquisition, and we continue last week's Free Play Multiplayer. The Brief: The GOP made a propaganda game. Amazon buys Twitch.tv for $970 million. Diablo 3’s Skeleton King added into Dark…
72: Don’t Rage Quit the Yawhg
Aug 22, 2014
Kole, Ben, David, and Jala talk about Atari's horror reveals, The Yawhg, and we do an action-packed free-play multi-player. THE BRIEF: Hatoful Boyfriend delayed. Fridays at Freddy’s Night Trap Kickstarter. Toy Soldiers: War Chest. Occupy Guild Wars 2.…
71: Ben Smiles
Aug 15, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Gamescom announcements, Crypt of the Necrodancer, and ask you how your name your characters in games. The Brief: Rise of the Tomb Raider. Tony Hawk 2 Speed Run. PlayStation Share. Silent Hills teased. Bloodborne…
70: Fifteen Yoink
Aug 1, 2014
Kole, Ben, and David talk about EA's subscription service, Comic-Con announcements, and the Dark Souls 2 DLC. The Brief: EA’s subscription service. Walking Dead Season 3 announced. Firefly cast coming back for Firefly Online. The Grind: Kole: Dark Souls…
69: David is Legion
Jul 25, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the EVO tournament, One Finger Death Punch, and we ask you what should get the Telltale treatment next. Stick around after the credits to hear Ben and Kole talk about The Wire. The Brief Super Smash Bros. Demake.…
68: Tell Me About the Chickens, Sherida
Jul 18, 2014
Kole, Ben, and Dennis interview Sherida Halatoe, the developer of Beyond Eyes. We also talk about the Wii U's Virtual Console woes and talk about Long Live the Queen. The Brief Sega has no plans to participate in Wii U Virtual Console. What’s the deal…
67: The Portrait of Dorian Telltale
Jul 11, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Shovel Knight, what’s the deal with eSports?, and we ask you about the best gaming values. The Brief Beyond: Two Souls PS4 update? Humble 2K Bundle The Backloggery Battleborn announced. Just Dance is an eSport.…
Bonus Level 14: Burial at Sea
Jul 4, 2014
Kole, Dennis, David, and Gary talk about the Bioshock: Burial at Sea DLC, wrapping up all discussion of Bioshock ever in the future.
Bonus Level 13: Bioshock Infinite
Jun 27, 2014
Kole, Dennis, Ben, David, and Gary talk about Bioshock Infinite in depth (at height?). We also speak with Adrian Murphy, the Senior Producer of the game, about the process of bringing it all together. Links of Note: On Writing Devil in the White City The…
66: The Duckfeed Standard
Jun 20, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Torment: Tides of Numenera delay, WATCH_DOGS, and we ask you about choice in games. The Brief Torment: Tides of Numenera pushed back by a year. Giant insects are impossible. Turing Test busted. Bioshock Infinite…
65: I Can’t Believe It’s Not People
Jun 13, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the 2014 E3 press conferences. The Multibrief Everything at E3.
64: End With the Fun in Mind
Jun 6, 2014
Kole, Ben, and David talk about the Batman: Arkham Knight delay, Dead Island: Epidemic, and Among the Sleep. The Brief: Batman: Arkham Knight delayed to 2015. Watch_Dogs sells really well. The Grind: Ben: Bioshock. Titanfall. David: Dead Island: Epidemic.…
63: Snapchat My Junk
May 30, 2014
Kole, Ben, and David welcome Dennis back, talk about potential uses for Oculus Rift and livestock, then ask “What’s the deal with pinball?” The Brief Half Life 3 possibly in development maybe. New use for Oculus Rift: Second Livestock. The PS4 is already…
62: #DAWG
May 23, 2014
Kole, Ben, and David talk about YouTube possibly buying Twitch, Dead Space 2 (about three years too late), and we ask you about your mobile remake wish list. The Brief: Is YouTube buying Twitch? "Sunless Sea" is on Steam Greenlight. Mario Dies on the…
61: Slide the Slide, Pump the Pump
May 16, 2014
Kole, Ben, and David talk about Microsoft’s Kinect announcement, WildStar, and we ask you about your favorite arcade games. The Brief: Xbox One loses the Kinect. Harmonix complains about Xbox One. Watch_Dogs resolution Multiplayer: Favorite arcade games?…
60: High Contact Tai Chi
May 9, 2014
Kole, Dennis, and David talk about the new PS Vita’s crappier screen, we ask you about the state of the next gen, and then we talk a lot about Sportsfriends. The Brief: Kentucky Route Zero Episode III released. PS Vita Slim announced for North America.…
59: Loose Roms
May 2, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about whether or not games need a stadium, Elder Scrolls Online, and we ask you if E3 is still relevant. The Brief Call of Duty is an X-Games event now. A literal video games stadium. PS4 system update has neat things.…
58: Barely Legal Pad
Apr 18, 2014
Kole Ross, Ben Merkel, Dennis Furia, and David Moneysmith talk about Rocksmith 2014, The Elder Scrolls: Online, and we ask you about your favorite mini-games. The Brief Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth announced. Beyond Good and Evil 2 confirmed to…
57: Prisoners On Fire Off the Shoulder of Orion
Apr 11, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about a bunch of Smash Brothers stuff, do a Free-Play multiplayer, and then dive into Monument Valley. The Brief Goat Simulator gets multiplayer mode. Smash Bros. for "Fun" or for "Glory". Smash Bros. has Mega Man. DO…
56: #KOLO Think About It
Apr 4, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the GAME_JAM fiasco, we ask you what sequels most improved on their prequels, and then we actually talk about video games for once. The Brief: Spring news drought. Occulus death threats. "Game_Jam" explodes. Batman:…
54: Short Sword Shortage
Mar 21, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about how the Last of Us is becoming more of a movie, we ask you about your favorite game adaptations, and then talk about South Park: The Stick of Truth. This episode was recorded live and in person, so please excuse the…
Bonus Level 11: Dark Souls II
Mar 14, 2014
Dennis Furia and Murph Murphy gather to give an exhaustive and factual rundown of Dark Souls II. Check our Murph’s other podcasts, The Dork Night and Hours Played.
55: The Cradle of My Bailiwick
Mar 8, 2014
Kole, Ben, and Dennis talk about the Occulus Rift aquisition, we ask you which game you wish you could play for the first time again, and then we avoid talking about any video games whatsoever. The Brief: Facebook buys Occulus Rift. Notch ditches Occulus.…
53: Not a Cynical Episode at All
Mar 7, 2014
Kole, Ben, and Dennis talk about the Batman: Arkham Knight announcement, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and we ask you what games you anticipated most. The Brief: Batman: Arkham Knight announced. Twitch Beats Pokemon. Steam Family Sharing…
52: My Fair Share of Anxiety Attacks
Feb 28, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the closure of Irrational, Calculords, and we ask you about your most-desired genre mashups. The Brief Irrational closed. Asheron's Call shutting down. Twitch Plays Pokemon. Steam Tags. The Last of Us Documentary.…
51: Vestigial Crown
Feb 14, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Flappy Bird fiasco, Jazz Punk, and we do a free-play multiplayer segment. The Brief: Flappy Fiasco. An extended and frank discussion about F2P models. Goat Simulator. Murasaki Baby confirmed for America. The…
50: Alpacallama Furia
Feb 7, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about an announcement that will ruin the podcast forever, Octodad, and we ask you about your favorite unique control schemes. The Brief: Nintendo's buyback woes. The Last of Us DLC is a thing. Duke Nukem Mass Destruction…
49: Don’t Fry My Steez
Jan 31, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Angry Birds NSA controversy, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, and we ask you about your favorite video game music. The Brief: NSA is spying on Angry Birds. Sly Cooper movie is a thing. Forced Perspective Tech Demo.…
48: Cave Legs
Jan 24, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about whether or not we want to change our name to Candy Level Saga, Risk of Rain, and we ask what you wish you could play but can’t. The Brief: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. OpenEmu.org is a great emulator. The Last…
47: You Do Need Corpses to Some Extent
Jan 17, 2014
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Sim City’s offline mode, Knock Knock, and we ask you how you find time to play games. The Brief Occulus Rift works on Steam now, kinda. JazzPunk is a thing. SimCity gets offline mode. The Grind Dennis: Plants vs.…
46: Popov’s Dog
Jan 10, 2014
Ben Merkel, Kole Ross, David Moneysmith, and Dennis Furia talk about PlayStation Now, X-COM: Enemy Within, and how incapacitated Kole is. The Brief PlayStation Now offers game streaming. Steam Machine Specs Released. Half Life 3 perfectly rendered…
45: Very Thirsty
Jan 3, 2014
Kole Ross, Ben Merkel, Dennis Furia, and David Moneysmith talk about the games we played over break, we ask you how you did on your 2013 gaming resolutions, and encourage you to stick around after the credits for a discussion about Dishonored. The Brief…
44: Forget it Jake, It’s Just a Turtle
Dec 21, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Starbound, Walking Dead Season 2, and ask you to name your favorite games of 2013. The Grind Dennis: Uncharted: Golden Abyss. Star Wars Pinball. Ben: Dragon Age II. Beyond: Two Souls. David: Kingdom of Loathing.…
43: The Sands Within
Dec 6, 2013
Kole, Ben, and David talk about the Metal Gear Solid 5 delay, a bunch of old games, and ask you what your favorite new IP is (and what that even means). The Brief Portrait of Shame: PS4 Black Friday shooting. Metal Gear Solid 5 won't come out for a while.…
42: Now Nobody Gets a Title
Nov 16, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about this disappointing new next gen era, the Dark Souls II beta, and ask you about Easter Eggs. The Brief PSN and Amazon. Knack panned. CoD gets dedicated servers again. GTA V Beach Bum Expansion. The Grind: Ben:…
41: A Tramp Stamp for Humanity
Nov 8, 2013
Kole, Ben, and Dennis talk about being on the eve of the next console generation, Batman: Arkham Origins, and the state of games journalism. The Brief: Next gen is around the corner. Streaming capabilities added to Minecraft. Steam Machine Stuff. PS4…
40: Dark Sherpa
Nov 1, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Walking Dead Season 2 announcement, Sir, You Are Being Hunted, and we ask you about spooky games. The Brief: The Walking Dead Season 2 gets a release. GTA sells 29 million units. Motion sickness research in…
39: There Will Be Pigs
Oct 25, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Dark Matter controversy, continue their discussion of Grand Theft Auto V, and ask you which heroes suck. The Brief: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Directors Cut released. Dark Matter pulled from GoG and Steam. Xbox…
38: SNL BITZ
Oct 18, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Watch Dogs delay, Beyond: Two Souls, and we ask you about your gaming pet peeves. The Brief: Watchdogs delayed to Spring 2014. Eldritch is a thing. Microsoft possibly looking at cross platform ownership. The…
37: Baby’s First Miracle
Oct 11, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David have a belated discussion about the Valve announcements, Grand Theft Auto V, and firsthand impressions of the Oculus Rift. The Brief: Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father 2014 Beyond: Two Souls released. Steam Box. Steam…
36: Unexpected Wang
Sep 27, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Grand Theft Auto V and a couple other games in this short episode. Links of Note: Ben: Grand Theft Auto V. Dennis: FTL. David: The Walking Dead. Payday II. Kole: NOTHING.
35: The Geriatric Table of Elements
Sep 20, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about announcements from Valve and Blizzard, Payday 2, and physical game swag. The Brief Japanese Video Game Woodprints. Steam Lending. Blizzard to discontinue The Grind David: Payday II. Card Hunter. Ben: NOTHING. Kole:…
34: Ghand11
Sep 12, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the iPhone reveal, some old ass games, and answer your questions from a while ago. The Brief PS Vita extravaganza. iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C announced. "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" released on GoG. "Scale"…
33: Craperture
Sep 6, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about who the fuck knows what? The Brief Asylum Jam. Okkervil River adventure game. Grand Theft Auto V gets a midnight. GTA V gang member dialogue. Rime is a thing. The Grind David: Max Payne 2. Max Payne 3. Portal 2.…
32: Pascal’s Cat
Aug 30, 2013
Kole, Ben, and Dennis talk about the Elder Scrolls Online, Saint’s Row IV, and we ask you if you have Class. The Brief Elder Scrolls Online rap session. Saint's Row 4 $1 million dollar special The Grind Ben: Saints Row 4. Kole: Saints Row 4. Plants vs.…
31: The Level: A Machine for Pigs
Aug 23, 2013
Kole, Ben, and David talk about Gamescom announcements, Grand Theft Auto V pre-release junk, and miscellaneous games. The Brief Sony stuff from Gamescom. Grand Theft Auto V hype train. Xbox Un. Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. The Grind Ben: Dishonored. Kole:…
Bonus Level 10: Gone Home
Aug 23, 2013
Kole Ross, Bob Mackey, Gary Butterfield, and Zack Johnson talk about Gone Home, extensively. Be warned of spoilers… and play this goddamned game. Links of Note: Gone Hone Retronauts Video Games Hot Dog Skyrim Spiders Mod Visual Novels Rock Paper Shotgun…
Bonus Level 9: The Last of Us
Aug 16, 2013
Kole, Ben, and Dennis talk about The Last of Us, in detail.
30: Saline and Whale Song
Aug 9, 2013
Kole, Ben, and Dennis talk about the possible Source 2 leak, Prison Architect, and we take your questions. The Brief Left 4 Dead 3 and Source 2 leaked. EverQuest Next details revealed. The Nintendo Problem. The Grind Dennis: The Last of Us. Ben:…
29: I Like the Way Your Face is Laid Out
Aug 2, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the cancellation of FEZ 2, SPIDERS, and grateful retro gaming. The Brief Phil Fish calls it quits. Cliffy B's open letter. Nintendo renews trademark for Eternal Darkness. Obama embraces competitive gaming as…
Bonus Level 8: Acid Jones’ Lab
Jul 26, 2013
Dennis and David talk about mobile games and mourn the death of their co-host. Links of Note: Zombies, Run! FF Tactics: The War of the Lions Minecraft: Pocket Edition Shining Force The World Ends with You: Solo Remix
28: Jasom Stathan
Jul 19, 2013
Kole, Ben, and David talk about the Steam Summer Sale, Kentucky Route Zero Act II, and Rogue Legacy. The Brief: Next Gen console pre-orders sell out. Happy Steam Summer Sale, Trading Cards!? Professional gamers are athletes now. Gat is back. The Grind:…
Bonus Level 7: 400 Days
Jul 12, 2013
Kole and Gary talk about the Walking Dead expansion, “400 Days”. Links of Note: Spooky Skeleton Pics
27: Seamus McO’
Jul 5, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about The Last of Us, State of Decay, and why or why not to play AAA games. The Grind David: X-COM: Enemy Unknown. Rogue Legacy. Dennis: Dark Souls (Artorias of the Abyss). Little Big Planet Karting. Ben: The Last of Us.…
26: That Dragon, Cancer
Jun 28, 2013
We are joined by Ryan Green and Josh Larson to discuss their game, “That Dragon, Cancer”. Links of Note: That Dragon Cancer Rise of the Guardians Terence Malick The Tree of Life Cart Life Develop Artscape
25: Ergo Bang
Jun 21, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Nintendo E3 showing, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and the Last of Us. The Brief Nintendo E3 press conference. Confirmed pricing for next generation games. Rift is Free to Play. GoG Summer Sale The Grind Dennis:…
24: The Console Version of Goatse
Jun 14, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the announcements made at E3. Microsoft: Xbox One, out November 2013, $499 Microsoft Points are out. Twitch streaming in Xbox One Xbox 360 redesign, same price. 2 free games for Xbox Live Gold Subscribers MGS5…
23: Accelerating to the Scat
Jun 7, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Walking Dead rumors, The Silent Age, and we ask you what you’re looking forward to at E3. The Brief Film crew seeks to dig up Atari 2600 E.T. cartridges. Ben didn't know Ace Patrol was already out. Spy Party enters…
22: Anno Guttenberg
May 31, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the continuing story of the Xbox One, Word Realms, and ask YOU about midnight releases. The Brief Xbox One television achievements. Boundless Xbox One optimism. Humble Indie Bundle 8. Arkham Origins trailer…
21: A Little Too Loud When It’s Quiet
May 24, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the X-Box One reveal, Thomas Was Alone, and Super Stickman Golf 2. The Brief X-Box One Announcement. The Grind Ben: Mass Effect 3. Dennis: The Walking Dead. X-COM: Enemy Unknown. Thomas Was Alone. God of War:…
Bonus Level 6: Heavy Rain
May 17, 2013
We revisit an old episode of Stand Under the Don’t Tree and Riddle Me This to talk about Heavy Rain. We’ll be back next week with a new episode of The Level.
Bonus Level 5: Spec Ops: The Line
May 3, 2013
This is a very special bonus level where we give the game club treatment to Spec Ops: The Line. We are joined by Jorg Friedrich of Yager Development to discuss the thoughts and motivations that went into the development of the game. Then, the Duckfeed.tv…
20: Spit Blunk
Apr 27, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the recent Nintendo announcements, X-COM enemy unknown, and we ask you what games you keep coming back to. The Brief: Ratchet and Clank movie announced. Nintendo Now. Tetris to treat lazy eye. The Grind: Ben: Spec…
19: Tennis Furia
Apr 19, 2013
Kole, Ben, and Dennis talk about the Castle of Illusion remake, Improbable Island, and your favorite mods. The Brief "Castle of Illusion" remake announced. "The Last of Us" contest. Grand Theft Auto V screens released. The Grind Kole: VVVVVV. Ben:…
18: Gerund’s Lair
Apr 12, 2013
Kole, Dennis, David, and (eventually) Ben talk about the always-online Xbox controversy, the Dark Souls 2 reveal, and ask you about your emotional responses to games. The Brief X-Box 360 always-online kerfuffle. Dark Souls 2 gameplay video released. The…
17: I Shot Him With My Car Gun
Apr 5, 2013
Kole, Dennis Bot, Ben, and David talk about the Metal Gear Solid 5, Bioshock Infinite, and Organ Trail. The Brief Metal Gear Solid 5 announced. David Hayter fired from being Solid Snake. China develops "Glorious Mission". N++ announced. The Grind Ben: 30…
16: Blue Car on Fire Syndrome
Apr 1, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Duck Tales Remastered announcement, Little Inferno, and Tomb Raider. Welcome to the 16th level. Sorry this episode is late! I was hit by a car! OW! The Brief EA CEO John Riccitello resigns. Duck Tales Remastered…
Bonus Level 4: Hype to Quality Differential
Mar 22, 2013
Dennis, Ben, and David talk about expectations and disappointment. Links of Note: Lost Levels Unconference Sleeping Dogs live action trailer Borderlands 2 live action trailer Binding of Isaac live action trailer Hotline Miami live action trailer 1 Hotline…
15: Every Spider Looks Like a Nail
Mar 15, 2013
Kole, Dennis, and David talk about the God of War trophy debacle, the pricing on the Steam Box, and Sleeping Dogs. The Brief God of War trophy fiasco. Torment kickstarter funded. Steam Box priced around $1000. The Grind Kole: Hitman: Absolution. Surgeon…
14: Kill All Animals and Take Their Outsides
Mar 8, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Sim City woes, what “next gen” means, and we ask you who your favorite developers are. The Brief Wreck It Ralph snubbed. X-COM: Enemy Unknown coming to Mac. SimCity woes. The Grind Dennis: Vanquish. Dear Esther.…
Bonus Level 3: Decisions, Decisions
Mar 1, 2013
Kole, Dennis, and David talk about the toughest decisions in games.
Bonus Level 2: We Are the Walking Dead
Feb 22, 2013
Kole and Ben talk about The Walking Dead (the Telltale adventure game) in its entirety. Please be warned that this episode is made up entirely of spoilers from one of the best games of the past decade. Listen at your own risk.
13: Going to Have Been Knowing This
Feb 22, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about out-of-date PlayStation 4 predictions, more Kentucky Route Zero, and we ask you which games are more fun to watch than play. The Brief PS4 Rumors. "Destiny" announced. Marathon gaming record broken. Hotline: Miami…
12: Solar Boy’s Adventures in Moon Town
Feb 15, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the rumored new Arkham game, Spaceteam, and how to make time for games. The Brief Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Korean propaganda. New Batman Arkham game coming this year? Kentucky Route Zero gets a demo. DICE…
11: General Puzzles
Feb 8, 2013
Kole, Ben, and David talk about further game industry financial woes, The Cave, and we answer some of your questions. The Brief: Bioshock Infinite is a thing. Zynga posts a $209.4 million loss for 2012. Hellgate: Resurrection announced. Call of Duty fake…
10: Three Hams Will Kill Him
Feb 2, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the aftermath of the THQ liquidation, the Binding of Isaac, and ask you why we continue to play games we don’t like. The Brief: The uncertainty principle is debunked. THQ liquidation. Crystal Dynamics passes up the…
9: Cake Movers
Jan 25, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about arcades, Kentucky Route Zero, and Cart Life. THE BRIEF Steam Box is updatable. Blockbuster closes 300 stores. The Cave is a thing that exists. Metal Gear Rising Revengeance demo released. THE GRIND Ben: The Pinball…
Bonus Level 1: Quickly, Now
Jan 18, 2013
Dennis and Ben recorded an episode of the Level while Kole was away, traveling for work. You just might enjoy the result. LINKS OF NOTE: Really?
8: One Wrestle DVD
Jan 11, 2013
Kole Ross, Dennis Furia, and Tyler Crumrine talk about the Pokemon X and Y announcement, Far Cry 3, and speedrunning against cancer. THE BRIEF Tyler: Pokemon X and Y announced. Animaniguchi announced their second full length album "Endless Fantasy". Kole:…
7: The Banana Slice Secret
Jan 4, 2013
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about Journey’s grammy nomination, Hotline: Miami, and the Perfect Banana Slicer. THE GRIND Kole: Hotline: Miami. The Binding of Isaac. Ben: Hitman: Absolution. Dark Souls. Denis: Double Dragon Neon. Little Big Planet 2.…
6: Shameless and Awesome
Dec 21, 2012
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about video game cease fires, games that can’t decide if they’re bad or good, and our games of the year. THE BRIEF Cease Fire for Sandy Hook. Lt. Grossman: Games train to kill, and he might have a point. EA opens up…
5: The Drunk Conductor
Dec 14, 2012
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Dark Souls 2 announcement, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and dead franchises. THE BRIEF Steam Box. You used to be cool, Humble Bundle. VGA Rundown. Dark Souls 2 (but no Wii U?) THE GRIND Dennis: Quantum Conundrum.…
4: The Butterfield Bump
Dec 7, 2012
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and Gary talk about the Binding of Isaac remake, political issues in games!, and whether or not loot is a good thing. THE BRIEF Beck, Soundshapes, and the VGAs. Skrillex Quest is a thing. Binding of Isaac for console. Planescape:…
3: Abraham FranklinBible
Nov 30, 2012
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Wii Mini, gender in video games, and Mystcraft, and Gravity Rush. THE BRIEF Wii Mini Hitman: Absolution comes out on the 47th week of the year. The Pac Man on the Moon. #1ReasonWhy THE GRIND Kole: The Walking…
2: Wacky Nerd Fellas
Nov 23, 2012
Kole, Ben, Dennis, and David talk about the Wii U launch, Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies, and Planetside 2. Welcome to the second level. THE BRIEF Indie Game the Movie on Netflix Wii U launch hassles Humble Indie Bundle 6 Ben's Amazon Deals THE GRIND…
1: Video Games Should Factor In Somehow
Nov 16, 2012
Kole, Ben, and Dennis talk about Wreck It Ralph, PlayStation Plus on the Vita, and X-Com. THE BRIEF PlayStation Plus for the PS Vita. New Mass Effect revealed. Mass Effect Trilogy announced for PlayStation 3. General Petreus THE GRIND Wreck It Ralph! Ben:…